What Is Laughing Gas?Laughing gas is a nickname for nitrous oxide, a minor sedative that is predominantly used during dental and medical procedures to help relax patients and relieve pain. Laughing gas is breathed in through a mask that you wear prior to your procedure. Laughing gas works quickly, meaning that you will be able to start working on your mouth minutes after administering the sedative.
Is Laughing Gas Safe?Laughing gas is one of the safest sedative gases available and is trusted universally by doctors and dentists. There are no serious side effects to inhaling laughing gas. The mild side effects of laughing gas include feelings of euphoria and numbness and might make you feel a bit dizzy. The effects of laughing gas disappear completely within a few hours of treatment.
Why Do You Use Laughing Gas at Clocktower Family Dental?Laughing gas is helpful for patients and dentists for a variety of reasons, and this is why we continue to use it. Benefits include the following:
- It is fast acting. Laughing gas begins to sedate you almost immediately after you begin inhaling it
- Treatment can be completed faster. Laughing gas numbs you quickly so that we can get right to work on your procedure. If you’re feeling anxious about the work that you are doing you get relief faster.
- There are no serious side effects related to laughing gas. You don’t need to worry about staying safe. Laughing gas actually makes a procedure safer by helping you stay relaxed and sit still during your procedure.
- Laughing gas is easy to administer. All that you have to do is inhale laughing gas through a mask. This is the reason why laughing gas is fast acting.
- Laughing gas subsides quickly. All of the effects of laughing gas will wear off within a few hours of your procedure.
- Relax quickly and ease your anxiety. Before you know it, you will feel relaxed and dreamy. This will help take your mind off of the procedure
- Feel significantly less pain during a procedure. Laughing gas allows Dr. Cardon to complete your procedure with as little amount of pain as possible.
How Will Laughing Gas Make Me Feel After My Procedure Is Over?After we are finished working on your mouth you might still feel a little bit dizzy or loopy. This is common for patients who are experiencing the effects of laughing gas wearing off. You will want to take it easy for the next few hours until they completely go away.
- Make sure to drink water after the procedure if you are experiencing mild nausea
- Somebody else needs to drive you home from the office so you can arrive safely
- Lay down when you get home if you feel dizzy